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Честита Баба Марта (Happy Baba Marta)!

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Today is another one of those days where I really wish I were in Bulgaria.

Why?

Because it’s Grandma March Day (Baba Marta)!

The holiday, celebrated on March 1st, is usually marked by the gifting and wearing of Martenitsa.

Martenitsa are always red and white

For some reason I really dig this holiday. Maybe it’s the crafter in me.  A few weeks ago I bought some red and white yarn to make some Martenitsa. I especially wanted to make these:

The little dolls are known as Pizho (male) and Penda (female).

I’ll have to post some pics of my epic failure in making them. I did crochet some regular bracelets, however. I don’t really know what the rules are for making Martenitsa for yourself. From what I read you should never buy them for yourself but I can’t find anything about making them.

Martenitsa are typically worn until the end of March or until the wearer sees a stork or a budding tree. Then, you take off the Martenitsa and tie it to a tree. Vince says some people also put them under rocks.

What a colorful holiday!

I can’t wait to be in Bulgaria next year celebrating my first Baba Marta!

W.

**UPDATE!! I AM NOW IN BULGARIA CELEBRATING MY 1st BABA MARTA! CHECK OUT MY NEW POST: BABA MARTA 2012!**

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